Men: Back to uni style sortedBy BANK
Get your rocks on!
When you imagine going back to the daily (or, if it's how you roll, intermittent) grind of university in September, you might picture fun times in the pub, hanging out with your newest buddies, or - god forbid - getting stuck in to an assignment or two. But what are you wearing while you're doing these things? Haven't thought about it? Well now's the time, my friend….
Celebs are constantly updating their gear; just look at Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys.
The frontman's style burst out of its sportier phase where polo shirts and Noel Gallagher-esque hair reigned, to set the hearts of AM fans aflutter in smart duffel coats, winklepickers and longer, Lennon-ish hair. He introduced what FashionBeans describes "as a Mod/Beatles inspired aesthetic in[to his] new, classy, smarter looking wardrobe " (June 20th).
Alex's example shows the power of the style evolution, and will hopefully inspire you to treat your own wardrobe to a remix if it's looking a bit drab, or if it no longer fits who you are.
Do It right
Now, we're not talking crazy teenage statement dressing here. We've all worked that T-shirt with the ill-advised logo and those skinny jeans that make you look down at your own legs with mingled wonder and disgust. No, the best style evolution will lead you towards more classics-inspired, easy-to-pull off pieces, but worked in ways that carry you ahead of the fashion tide.
The 'does what it's meant to' Coat
Right, let's start with the most sensible item: the coat. Come September, those autumn winds are likely to be well and truly messing your hair up, so prepare now and bag yourself a decent coat.
Go for one that has all the upgrades, from under-arm vent holes to elasticated sleeve cuffs and adjustable toggles at the hood and lower hem, but that also comes in a shape and colour that will ensure you look pretty damn cool while you're wearing it. The best one for the job is the Rochester Hooded Jacket from Penfield at Size?. You can get it in green so you'll be hitting the brights trend for colder days right now and it'll keep its cheery appeal throughout winter.
The printed tee
You can be quirky here, but stay situation-appropriate. Instead of dubious one-liners, opt for brand logos and inoffensive pictures - how about this great bear? Striped tees will still be cool come autumn, just not in nautical colourways.
The right trousers
Well-fitting straight-leg jeans are so versatile, while chinos are cool, classic and go with pretty much anything. Get both and you're sorted!